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Zipcar Program

Find out how you can use campus Zipcars for brief personal or business-related trips.

If you bike, hike, carpool, or take public transportation to UCSD but sometimes need access to a car, join Zipcar. Your trips can take place any time, any day, and don’t have to be business-related.

If you’re already a Zipcar member, reserve your car online or by phone, (866) 494-7227.

Zipcar at UCSD

Find general information about how Zipcar works on its website, but also note this UCSD-specific information:

  • UCSD Zipcar locations: See parking spaces where you can pick up and return Zipcars on campus and at Hillcrest Medical Center.
  • During trips, you can park a Zipcar in red A, green B, yellow S, metered, or service yard spaces without a UCSD parking permit. (You must return it to its original location on time to avoid penalties.) See UCSD’s parking map to see all lots.

Signup and benefits

Choose the appropriate option below to sign up. Note: You must use these links to receive UCSD's special rates. (All plans subject to change.)

Type of member Signup link Fees Other information
Commute Solutions members Commute Solutions Zipcar application
  • Application: Free
  • Annual membership: $35

Effective April 2014:

  • Current Rideshare members will receive a one-time $50 Zipcentive voucher redeemable for one $35 annual membership and $15 driving credit. You must email sdmarketing@zipcar.com to get the Zipcentive voucher before you apply for a free membership. Vouchers have a 2-year expiration date.
  • Rideshare members who drive by July 31, 2014 can receive an additional $25 driving credit by emailing a Zipcar Trip Summary to sdmarketing@zipcar.com with UCSD Rideshare in the subject line. The extra incentive driving credits are limited—“first come/first served”
  • New Rideshare members will receive a one-year free membership and a $35 driving credit to use during the first 30 days of membership, plus a $25 drive credit with a 2-year expiration date.

Note: Upon ending Commute Solutions standing:

  • Unused credits are lost.
  • Your Zipcar account will be closed. You can reapply for membership as a UCSD affiliate or nonaffiliate, as applicable.
  • Any charges incurred while ineligible for this account are your personal responsibility.
Other faculty, staff, and students UCSD Zipcar application
  • Application: Free
  • Annual membership: $35
$35 credit to use your first month
Nonaffiliates Zipcar application Fees vary depending on your plan Promotions vary. Joining as a nonaffiliate can be a better option if you frequently need a car. See Zipcar’s Extra Value Plans.

Your Commute Solutions membership will be verified, so if you’re not a member, join now.

Instructions on unlocking and operating the car will arrive with your Zipcar membership packet.


Check the Zipcar website for the most up-to-date hourly and daily rates, which vary by vehicle and include:

  • Gas
  • Insurance
  • Maintenance
  • Reserved parking space
  • 180 miles per trip
  • Roadside assistance
  • 24-hour customer service
Tell us how we’re doing. If you have ideas for improving Transportation Services, please e-mail TellTPS@ucsd.edu.